Idowu Ajibade is an environmental and development geographer who has a strong passion for interdisciplinary research on climate change, urban resilience, disaster risk reduction, gender and human rights. Her current research explores the ethical conundrums and opportunities for building resilience among low-income urban residents in Africa and south-east Asia. More broadly, her work focuses on how individuals and societies respond to global environmental change and their different capacities for adaptation and transformation.
She has written about the ‘messiness’ and inequities of adaptation and resilience planning in the context of coastal cities of the global south and questions whether current political and governance arrangement can foster the kind of transformative change that people have reasons to trust and support. Her postdoctoral research builds on these ideas by investigating institutions, norms, behaviours, modes of politics and economic pathways that can stimulate deliberate transformation in response to global environmental change. Her main theoretical orientation is political ecology, a fusion of political economy, cultural ecology, and social justice. She employs mixed quantitative and qualitative research methods including stakeholder’s interviews and policy analysis in her investigation.